Definition of opulent in US English:



  • 1Ostentatiously rich and luxurious or lavish.

    ‘the opulent comfort of a limousine’
    • ‘While Dewar is seen as having been the most cultured First Minister, he was known as having found the style too opulent for his simple tastes in furnishings and decoration.’
    • ‘Bieito's setting is a palatial private bar furnished with black leather chairs and an opulent drinks table.’
    • ‘This time it was a confectioner's shop, decidedly grandiose and apparently opulent.’
    • ‘He relishes an opulent lifestyle with palatial homes in Europe and America, private jets, two yachts and a helicopter.’
    • ‘When the rich buy opulent second, third, and fourth homes, they drive up the price of land and housing and force the less fortunate onto the street.’
    • ‘It features opulent sets, exquisite costumes and lush Busby Berkeley-style dance sequences.’
    • ‘The costumes, which have to be rather opulent to fit the period of the play, fill eight trunks and that is not counting all the turbans they wear on stage, he adds.’
    • ‘The portrayal of his relationship with his mother was moving, and the opulent domestic setting allowed the exploration of family relations to be even more cutting.’
    • ‘However, the interiors as they appeared after the house was completed in 1902 were rich with color and opulent materials.’
    • ‘This lavish, opulent approach - one might call it ‘good taste with good humour’ - is typical of her style.’
    • ‘Each location and set is opulent, textured and rich, portraying a period feel while keeping a morbid and often gothic atmosphere.’
    • ‘Zeng Li deserves praise for the sumptuous sets, and Jerome Kaplan for the opulent costumes.’
    • ‘A professional and caring staff pamper spa and sauna members in the most opulent and grand setting.’
    • ‘Once the symbol of a rich legacy, they used to grace the opulent confines of sprawling traditional houses belonging to the aristocratic class.’
    • ‘And the hotel's opulent dining rooms, with elaborately decorated gold columns and mirrored walls, serve good food.’
    • ‘The day after the launch, Mara is sitting in the party's opulent election campaign headquarters in the National Treasury Building.’
    • ‘I bring this to his attention in the opulent comfort of the living room of his Holland Park house.’
    • ‘The Velingrad factory was able to provide replacements that respected the castle's classical tradition and opulent furnishings.’
    • ‘But the real highlight of the trip was dinner, served in the opulent dining cars by candlelight on linen, with crystal, flowers and silverware.’
    • ‘Beyond the crack, I caught a peak at a room built purely for comfort, decorated so richly as to be almost too opulent.’
    copious, abundant, profuse, prolific, plentiful, luxuriant
    luxurious, sumptuous, palatial, lavishly appointed, lavish, deluxe, rich, lush, luxuriant, splendid, magnificent, grand, grandiose, costly, expensive, fancy
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    1. 1.1 Wealthy.
      ‘his more opulent tenants’
      • ‘The wealth from oil enabled him to head an opulent and corrupt court.’
      • ‘The town became an opulent centre of a powerful and prosperous state.’
      wealthy, rich, affluent, well off, well-to-do, moneyed, cash rich, with deep pockets, prosperous, of means, of substance
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Mid 16th century (in the sense ‘wealthy’): from Latin opulent- ‘wealthy, splendid’, from opes ‘wealth’.